AFRL to host GARDEM Industry Day

On February 6, the Air Force Research Laboratory announced an upcoming Industry Day for the Global Application Research, Development, Engineering & Maintenance (GARDEM) acquisition (Solicitation Number: FA8750-18-R-0001).

AFRL will be conducting a Pre-Solicitation Meeting/Industry Day for the GARDEM acquisition. The purpose of this meeting is to provide interested companies/entities with an overview of the GARDEM contract, promote an early exchange of information, and provide an opportunity for both the Government and Industry to gather more information prior to the DRAFT RFP and RFP being issued. A general session will be held as a morning event on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 for interested parties to obtain information from the Government Program Managers and Contracting team. The program management team will also be hosting 30-minute private appointments on 21 March 2018 (1:00 – 4:00pm), and 22 March 2018 (8:00am – 4:00pm). Indicate if a 30-minute private appointment is desired, and, if so, the preferred day.

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome NY (AFRL/RI), has a requirement to perform research, development, prototyping, integration, testing, demonstration, deployment and maintenance of innovative technologies and concepts in support for Global Application Research, Development, Engineering and Maintenance (GARDEM) software baselines. GARDEM provides Air Force, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community (IC) and other Federal Agencies with a software toolkit that provides a general data visualization and analysis infrastructure for the analysis of temporal, spatial, entity, and association information, report generation, incident reporting, workflow, and query/search.

Web-Enabled Temporal Analysis System (WebTAS) Enterprise (WE), Combined Information Data Network Exchange (CIDNE), and International Distributed Uniform Reporting Environment (INDURE) make up the primary software applications in the GARDEM toolset. The flexible toolset architecture provides access to multiple data sources, data mining, information fusion, and collaboration tools that facilitate trend, link, pattern, and distributed analysis to support activity prediction and customer unique capabilities.

This effort will perform research and development, design, analysis, studies, engineering, integration, test, evaluation and operations and maintenance support for current and new users of the GARDEM software toolset. Technical enhancements are needed to correct any identified shortcomings in the toolset and to provide additional capabilities, features, processes, and documentation. The enhancements will extend GARDEM toolset functions and provide more effective and efficient capabilities to meet the needs of the users.

Due to real world events, rapid software releases are required to maximize our technological capabilities at current and future deployed sites worldwide. Installation support will be needed to install the GARDEM toolset software and hardware, and train users at multiple sites throughout the world. For example, sites such as United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), which involve contingency operations and quick response to warfighter needs will require this installation support. Operations and maintenance actions will be needed to provide continued system maintenance to current customer sites and to the new sites after system installation.

In the course of performance, the contractor will interface with various DoD and Government agencies through visits and electronic means, and technical visits that will take place at various sites, worldwide. Anticipated deliverables include software, hardware, and technical documentation.

For the aforementioned requirements, the Government anticipates award of a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with Cost Plus Fixed-Fee Completion (CPFF/C), Cost Pus Fixed-Fee Term (CPFF/T) and Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) task orders.

Full information is available here.

Source: FedBizOpps